Almost two thirds of Russians (64%) intending to participate in the presidential elections of 2018, is ready to support the incumbent head of state Vladimir Putin, his rating for the month rose 4 percentage points, according to the survey “Levada-Center”, referred to by the newspaper “Vedomosti”.

Another 28% of respondents have not decided for whom they will vote. The rest intend to vote for other candidates-2% of the leaders of the LDPR and the Communist party of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and Gennady Zyuganov, 1% for opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

If Putin will not go to elections as a candidate, then the main contender for the post will be Dmitry Medvedev, who in this case are ready to vote 8% of respondents.

More than half of Russians see no alternative to Putin: 55% of respondents found it difficult to say who will vote if the current President will refuse to participate in elections.

We will remind, in June, the desire to see Putin at the President and after 2018, said two-thirds (66%) of respondents “Levada-Center”. In may, the electoral rating of Russian President reached a historical maximum. According to the data of sociologists, he was ready to vote 82% of voters from those who are just coming to the polling station.

Presidential elections will be held in March 2018. Some candidates have already announced their intention to run. First this was announced by the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, plans to run also have the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the founder of “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky.

Putin has not yet officially announced about his nomination as a candidate. In the summer, responding to the request of the Buryat victims of the fire, he promised to”think” about it. Last week at the plenary session of the forum “Russian energy week” Putin reiteratedthat he had not decided whether he will run.

Then he added that the presidential campaign could be announced “in late November – early December”. However, some media thinkthat the unofficial election campaign of Putin has already begun. In the West I have no doubtthat Putin not only put forward a candidate, but to win.

Earlier sociologists conducted an experimentin which it became clear that a significant part of Russians (18%) are ready to vote for anyone if this man supports Vladimir Putin. In particular, they talked about support invented by sociologists of the candidate on behalf of Andrey Semenov. In the Kremlin are the results of a survey called a sign of absolute trust in this part of the society to the authorities.

Yesterday it was reported that Putin had begun to seek parliamentary petitions to go in for a new term because of the “threat of disintegration”. However, there are those who call Putin next year “to leave with his head held high”. Experts has made a rating of politicians who theoretically could replace Putin as President of Russia. The three leaders of the list included Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin and the Governor of Tula region Alexey Dyumin.

If not Putin, then who: more than half of Russians puzzled by the question of sociologists about the alternative to President 10.10.2017

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